NORTH EAST WOLVERHAMPTON ACADEMY

Excellence through Endeavour

Maths

  • Head of Subject:  Mr R. Morris
  • Year groups taught: all

Introduction

Welcome to mathematics. Mathematics is regarded as the universal language of communication.  Its understanding is essential for our students to achieve success in the local and global economy.  Therefore, the NEW Academy mathematics faculty continually evaluates itself to ensure that it has the appropriate tools, resources and staff that are trained to deliver the latest teaching techniques.  As a result, NEW Academy students will build a solid foundation in mathematical knowledge so that they can make ‘informed’ choices and build upon the knowledge gained in other subjects.

Why is this subject important?

Mathematics is not only an important qualification to study for but it is a very useful tool that we use in our everyday lives. By utilising the ‘power’ of mathematics, people are able to make better choices for themselves.  For instance, this may mean choosing the most affordable car to buy, loan to choose or which career path to take.  Mathematics is also a subject and a ‘way of thinking’ that is present in all subjects that you take.  By being proficient in this subject, grades/levels in other subjects may well be strengthened.

Resources to highlight

Use of ICT to encourage the teaching and learning of mathematics such as GeoGebra, Autograph, Mathswatch VLE, My Maths, Sumdog and PIXL Maths app. Trips are used to demonstrate the real life use of mathematics in industry and higher education.

Key stage 3

Introduction

Key Stage 3 mathematics content is divided into 4 separate ‘strands’.  Underlying each of the ‘4 strands’ is the ‘Use and Application’ of the mathematical skill and knowledge acquired.  Within each of the strands, there are key objectives that are defined and subsequently delivered by Key Stage 3 mathematics staff;

Year 7

Structure of course

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The skills students will learn this year are
An experience and acquisition of different problem solving strategies, an ability to show an understanding of ‘real-life’ situations by describing them using symbols, words and diagrams, team working skills through collaborating with others on tasks, written and oral communication of difficult concepts and the development of ‘logical thought’ to make the most appropriate decisions in the ‘outside world’.

Students are assessed by
Students have a test each half term that assesses their understanding of the topics covered that half term. There is then an end of year exam that tests the students understanding and ability to apply all their mathematics knowledge.

Year 8

Structure of lessons

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The skills Students will learn this year are
An increased fluency at different problem solving strategies, an ability to show an understanding of ‘real-life’ situations by describing them using symbols, words and diagrams, team working skills through collaborating with others on tasks, written and oral communication of difficult concepts and the development of ‘logical thought’ to make the most appropriate decisions in the ‘outside world’.

Students are assessed by
Students have a test each half term that assesses their understanding of the topics covered that half term. There is then an end of year exam that tests the students understanding and ability to apply all their mathematics knowledge.

Key Stage 4

Introduction

GCSE mathematics is divided into six parts: Number, Algebra, Geometry & Measures and Statistics, Probability, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change. It encourages students to develop confidence in, and take a positive attitude towards mathematics to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society as a whole. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

  • Pathway: Mathematics
  • Qualifications: GCSE Mathematics
  • Examining body: OCR

The skills and qualities students need to succeed in this course are

  • Resilience and perseverance
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real world situations
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

What you will study

Year 9

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Year 10

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Year 11

All of the topics studied in years 9 and 10 are taught in more depth and subsequently revised in preperation for the final examination.

Students are assessed by

Year 9
Students are assessed at regular intervals to assess their understanding and retention of work covered. There is then an end of year exam that assesses the students understanding and ability to apply all their mathematics knowledge.

Year 10
Students are assessed at regular intervals to assess their understanding and retention of work covered. There is then an end of year exam that assesses the students understanding and ability to apply all their mathematics knowledge.

Year 11
Students have an examination (past paper) each term that tests their understanding of topics covered. Regular mock exams ensure that students have the ability and the relevant techniques to apply their mathematical knowledge to examination papers.

Final exam components

There are three final examinations in the summer of Year 11.

  • Paper 1: Non- Calculator (33%) – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Paper 2: Calculator (33%) – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Paper 3: Calculator (33%) – 1 hour 30 minutes

What might Students study after this?

  • GCSE mathematics provides progression to Level 3 qualifications in numerate disciplines, such as:
  • GCE Mathematics
  • GCE Further Mathematics
  • GCEs in the Science subjects
  • GCE Geography
  • other qualifications which require mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding.

This qualification also supports further training and employment where mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding is desirable.

Possible careers

Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Investment banking, Economist, Engineer, Architect, Teacher, Software Engineering, Air traffic Controller, Cryptologist.

For more information contact

Mr R. Morris (Director of Faculty).